SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Alex Schmidt belted his third home run of the year and three Washington relievers combined to throw 4 and 1/3 scoreless innings in the Huskies 4-1 win over Pacific Saturday in the Jack Gifford Memorial tournament at Schott Stadium.
The victory extended the Huskies’ win streak to six-straight games and put Washington (9-4-1) five games over .500 on the season.
The loss dropped Pacific to 8-9 on the season.
Washington countered a strong start by Pacific’s Will Lydon with Zach Wright. Wright got off to a shaky start, but was able to wiggle out of a first inning jam and turn in his best outing of the season.
He got the first out of the inning easily, but then walked the second hitter JJ Wagner and gave up back-to-back singles, the second one a RBI base hit by Gio Brusa. Wright walked the next batter to load the bases, but then induced Erik Lockwood to ground into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.
A night after the Huskies bats hammered out a season-high 16 hits, Lydon kept the Huskies offense in check for the most part. He gave up six hits in 7 and 1/3 innings and allowed four earned runs, but kept the game tight until the eighth inning.
UW got to the Tigers’ starter in the fourth inning and tied it up 1-1 on Schmidt’s home run to right field. It tied him with teammate Robert Pehl for the Pac-12 lead and gave the Huskies nine home runs through 14 games after hitting 10 in 56 games last season.
The Dawgs took the lead for good in the fifth inning when freshman Chris Baker, making his first career start, led off with a double, was sacrificed to third and came around to score on an Andrew Ely single to make it 2-1.
Pacific threatened in the fifth inning and chased Wright from the game, but freshman reliever Henry Baker slammed the door shut with runners at first and second.
Wright pitched 4 and 2/3 innings, allowing 3 hits and the one run in the first inning. He walked four and struck out just one, but most importantly kept the Huskies in the game.
Baker (1-0), a lefty making just his second career appearance, threw 1 and 1/3 innings of relief to pick up his first career victory.
The game was tight until UW broke it open in its last time up to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning. With one out, Pehl doubled to right-center field and Alex Schmidt was intentionally walked. Trevor Mitsui followed with a walk to load the bases and end the night for Lydon.
Brian Wolfe greeted relief pitcher Kyle Crawford with a 2-RBI single through the right side of the infield to give the Huskies breathing room and a 4-1 advantage.
Trevor Dunlap came in to slam the door in the ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season.
Washington’s bullpen ran its consecutive streak of scoreless innings to 9 and 1/3 on the road trip.
Offensively, Ely was the only Husky with more than one hit on the day. The junior second baseman went 2-for-3 with a RBI.
Washington wraps up its four-game road trip on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. against Santa Clara at Schott Stadium. The Huskies will send Jeff Brigham (2-0, 1.50 ERA) to the hill.
Washington 4, Pacific 1
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UW 000 110 02x –- 4 7 1
Will Lydon, K. Crawford (8) and Dallas Correa. Zach Wright, Henry Baker (5), Troy Rallings (7), Trevor Dunlap (9) and Ryan Wiggins, Austin Rei (7). Baker – (1-0). L – Lydon (0-3). Sv – Dunlap (4). HR – Alex Schmidt (3). 2B – UW, Chris Baker. UP, Erik Lockwood. Time – 2:36. Attendance – 312.